Having been murdered by a mysterious assassin, Harry navigates the passages between the living and the dead; yet, once he returns to the world of the mortals, he suspects that being dead may have been a better situation. For now, he is no longer Harry Dresden, the renowned wizard of Chicago. No, he has become Winter Knight to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness.
He has sworn his fidelity to Mab, who has fought for him for so long. Now that her word guides his actions, no matter the consequence of where to go or whom to kill, Harry is in dire straits, indeed.
Mab desires the impossible of this new Winter Knight: to murder an immortal. Trouble bubbles over when the growing threat of an unknown source of wizardry may again make the land of the dead look like a vacation paradise. What does this mean for Harry?
Surrounded by foes, Harry must unite his friends and circumvent the needless destruction of innocent souls. And he must discover how to break his fealty to Mab, so that she doesn't claim his very soul.
Jim Butcher was born in 1971 in Missouri. He is known for his fantasy series the Dresden Files. Introduced to the fantasy genre through his sisters when he was sick as a child, Butcher became entranced with the stories of Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis. He has a wife, a son, and a guard dog named Frostbite.
Harry Dresden lives!
After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating
his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the
mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad—because he is
no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.
He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen
of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab
wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had
sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants
him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him
Guess which Mab wants first?
Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday
assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an
immortal. No problem there, right? To make matters worse, there exists a
growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the
sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.
Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies,
prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his
eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has
left to call his own: his soul.
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